Chichester Harbour Trust action plan to combat rising water levels

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A PLAN to tackle rising sea levels has been launched by a harbour charity.

The Chichester Harbour Trust has set up an ambitious project that will see footpaths moved back from the shoreline to avert the risk of rising sea levels and protect the harbour for future generations.

The trust’s chairman, John Nelson, from Bosham, said the impact of climate change could be seen as sea levels rose in the harbour.

He said: ‘I think in the past two or three years, it’s becoming more and more evident.

‘I see this right around the world.

‘Globally, 13 or 14 of the warmest years have been in this – the 21st – century.

‘Sea temperatures are rising, slowly, but they are rising,’

The trust owns 10 sites, amounting to 250 acres, in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which stretches from Chichester to Hayling Island.

The charity is seeking to acquire more coastal areas with the intention of managing footpaths to ensure their long-term viability.

Mr Nelson, chairman of Lloyds of London, said: ‘The reason the trust is in this position to help is that we’re an individual charity funded privately so that we don’t rely on any capital coming from government sources.’

He added: ‘I’m personally passionate about the harbour.

‘I think it’s one of the great natural landscape sites in the south east.’